59 percent of American Indians in Minnesota Smoke, New Study Reveals

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A lifestyle practice among American Indians around the state has resulted in a “public health crisis.” What is it?

The use of cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipes and snuff, according to what’s described as the most comprehensive state-wide data in the country of the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs related to tobacco use among American Indians.

The Tribal Tobacco Use Project Survey, released to MinnPost, contains the responses of 3,000 American Indians 18 years and older on seven reservations in Minnesota and in urban Indian communities in Duluth and Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The project started in 2009. 

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